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Swindon out to thwart City's ambitions.

SWINDON Town come to South Wales tomorrow determined to avoid suffering a second Nationwide League beating against Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds won 3-0 at the County Ground in October and tomorrow set out to complete a Second Division double.

Swindon's run of six matches without defeat ended at Huddersfield Town in their last game, when they went down 10, but manager Andy King brings his team to Ninian Park with confidence.

The former Everton player believes his Robins can beat the Bluebirds tomorrow.

He said: "Cardiff are a good side. When they came here earlier on in the season they played well.

"But to be honest I am not that worried about going to Ninian Park. We have shown this season we are good enough to compete.

"We lost our unbeaten run against Huddersfield, but the challenge is to start another one, a better one.

"Last season, for example, we went unbeaten in five and then lost one before embarking on a run of six games unbeaten.

That's what I want now.

"I'm a firm believer in miracles and dreams. Cardiff, our next opponents, have blown hot and cold at times and if we approach the game in the right manner and believe in our own ability, then I am confident that we can win."

Left-back Sol Davis returns from suspension in Swindon's 4-3-3 formation, Paul McAreavey dropping out of the starting line-up and joining those on the substitutes bench.

That is likely to be the only change to the Swindon team who played at Huddersfield last Saturday.

King is in charge of team affairs at Swindon for the second time in the current campaign. He was sacked a week before the League season started with former Liverpool boss Roy Evans taking over.

But Evans moved on and King, a former Mansfield Town manager and Sunderland chief scout, returned to the job under new Swindon chairman Willie Carson.

Former champion jockey Carson faces a tough reign at Swindon Town, as the club are millions of pounds in debt.

They are barred from signing players until their financial position improves and must pay the Inland Revenue pounds 500,000 by the end of February.

King, though, believes his Swindon team will shake off those money worries and cause Cardiff problems tomorrow.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 8, 2002
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